Lawmakers want public input into Colorado uranium mine
DENVER – Two members of the state’s congressional delegation are urging federal officials to involve the public as they consider any permits for a proposed uranium mine in northern Colorado.
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and Rep. Betsy Markey have sent a letter to the regional office of the Environmental Protection Agency saying people are concerned about Powertech USA’s plans to mine uranium about 70 miles north of Denver.
The Democratic lawmakers are concerned the EPA is drafting rules for the mining without public input. Regional EPA officials received the letter Monday and didn’t immediately return a request for a comment.
Powertech has proposed an in-situ, or “in place,” mine. Treated water would be pumped underground to dissolve the mineral.